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International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)

The Way Forward - 10 Years of Achievement 2005-2015

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The tenth anniversary of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) brings with it the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the vital role that satellite technology has played as an innovative tool for sustainable development. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, as the Executive Secretariat of the ICG, has worked with Member States to enhance the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) constellations so that satellite technologies remain equally accessible for all. The ICG demonstrates tangible international cooperation where leading global satellite operators have coordinated their GNSS services to provide global coverage in satellite-based positioning, navigation, and timing, for the benefit of all. As a platform for open discussions and information exchange under the umbrella of the United Nations, the ICG promotes the use of GNSS technology for the management and protection of the environment, disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security, emergency response, improving the efficiency in surveying and mapping, and to enhance the safety and effectiveness of transportation by land, sea and air.

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Executive secretariat of the international committee on global navigation satellite systems at the office for outer space affairs

The Office for Outer Space Affairs works to promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses and exploration of outer space, and in the utilization of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development. The Office assists United Nations Member States in establishing legal and regulatory frameworks to govern space activities, and strengthens the capacity of developing countries to use space science, technology and applications for development by helping to integrate space capabilities into national development programmes.

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